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Maria Luisa Rayan

classical technique and repertoire

International prize winner Maria Luisa Rayan has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral soloist around the world. A highly sought-after teacher, she presents masterclasses at leading conservatories.

“To me, the main aim [of my HCA lesson] is to inspire. And to remind you of perhaps a lot of things you already know or your teacher already knows and has instructed you…to inspire you to do the best you can do.”

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Exploring Music with Maria Luisa Rayan

In this course Maria Luisa Rayan discusses how to play the music of J.S. Bach and the Argentinean tango.

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Technique with Maria Luisa Rayan

In this course Maria Luisa Rayan teaches technique for building a full, rich sound.

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About Maria Luisa Rayan

Described by the New York Concert Review as “Clearly an extremely talented, accomplished, experienced performer who can keep an audience listening with rapt attention”, Ms. Rayan has been performing all over the globe for the past twenty years, bringing to audiences a sense of musicianship and poetry in her playing.

Since making her first international appearance at the age of eleven in a concert organized by UNICEF at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Ms. Rayan has come to be recognized as one of today’s highly sought-after harpists as a recitalist, chamber musician, soloist with orchestra, teacher and arranger of music for the harp. A consistent prizewinner at competitions internationally, Ms. Rayan was awarded the Silver Medal at the USA International Harp Competition in both 1998 and 2001.

Besides her busy concert schedule, Ms. Rayan has a strong passion for teaching. She has taught masterclasses at the Curtis Institute, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, National University in Bogotá, the Royal Academy of Music in London and Cardiff and Mariinsky Theatre. She is founder and artistic director of the Hong Kong Harpy Summer Academy, co-director of the Korea International Harp Competition and Festival, and co-director of the International Harp Academy in Argentina.

Having performed most of the harp literature, Ms. Rayan’s keen interest in expanding the repertoire for the harp has taken her to research and transcribe music. Her publications include arrangements for solo harp of Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas, Serie del Angel and Libertango by Astor Piazzolla, Partitas BWV 825-827 by J.S. Bach, Sonata in F K332 and Fantasy K397 by W.A. Mozart, Prelude from Bachianas Brasileiras No.4 by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Gymnopedies and Gnosiennes by Erik Satie, Preludes by F. Chopin, Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy and Goldberg Variations for two harps by J.S. Bach.

From Maria Luisa Rayan’s website.